Religious Services

Loyal minyan goers brave the snow outside of Ohr Kodesh

Join us for any of the following traditional (egalitarian) prayer services throughout the year. Click on the category below to learn more:


Shabbat Services

Every Shabbat Ohr Kodesh hosts three distinct Shabbat services:

  • We welcome the Shabbat, Friday evening with Kabbalat Shabbat
  • The Shabbat morning service with full Torah reading & sermon.
  • We wish a farewell to Shabbat on Saturday late afternoon with Shabbat Mincha-Seudat Shlishit-Maariv/Havdalah

Kabbalat Shabbat & Shabbat Mincha are both more intimate and shorter services. We meet in the chapel, singing is lively and participatory. We welcome Shabbat and bid farewell to Shabbat in friendship, community, song, traditional davening/prayer and study. Siddurim that include transliterations of all the Kabbalat Shabbat prayers are available in the chapel and page numbers are called. Links to all the melodies used will soon be available on the OKC website. We would love for you to join us in prayer at these services and look forward to welcoming you there. Check the weekly email and bulletin for times as they fluctuate during the year. More details about each of these services click HERE. 

Kabbalat Shabbat: Time varies with candle lighting
(When Shabbat starts later than 6:30pm, services begin at 6:30pm. Check the calendar for exact times)

Every Friday evening we join together in community to welcome the Sabbath with joyful melodies and traditional prayers in the chapel. We begin with the weekday Mincha service followed by Kabbalat Shabbat, a short D’var Torah (lesson) and the Shabbat Maariv services.

Approximately 75 Minutes

Shabbat Morning-8:45am during the year and 9:00 am July-Aug
Our services begin with P'zukei D'zimrah and Shacharit. The Torah service typically begins around 9:45am at which time we celebrate life cycle events, including Bn’ei Mitzvah, baby naming’s, and aufrufs (an aliyah prior to a wedding). It concludes with the Musaf service. Following the service all are welcome to join the congregation in the social hall for Kiddush.
Services usually conclude before 12 Noon

Shabbat Minchah/Seudah Shlishit/Ma'ariv & Havdalah
We bid farewell to Shabbat as we join together on Shabbat afternoon for the Minchah service in the chapel, followed by a study session, Zmirot (Shabbat songs) and a light meal. We conclude Shabbat with the evening service and Havdalah

*Service times vary during the Standard Time season (EST) but are approximately 10 minutes before the prior Friday evening candle lighting time.  During the Daylight Savings Time season (DST) please consult your Bulletin for the correct time.

Approximately 70 minutes

Daily Services

Ohr Kodesh offers services twice daily, morning (Shacharit) and evening (Minchah, when appropriate, and Ma'ariv). Men and women are counted in our minyanim. All weekday services are in the Cohen Chapel.

6:45am Monday-Friday. Sundays and the most widely-observed legal holidays: 8:45am.
Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday:
Approximately-45 minutes
Torah reading days: Monday, Thursday:
Approximately 55 minutes

Minchah & Maariv
8:00 pm Sunday - Thursday. (Note that Minchah is only recited during the summer months when sunset is after 8:00 pm.)
Minchah: Approximately 15 minutes
Both Minchah & Maariv: Approximately 25 minutes

High Holidays

A variety of high holiday services are conducted throughout the synagogue.

The Main Sanctuary service is led by Rabbi Lyle Fishman.  To read Rabbi Rosenberg's sermons, please click HERE

What do I need to do make sure I can access the Livestream services on Shabbat/Jewish Holidays without violating Jewish Law?

OKC President, Seth Yoskowitz speech on Rosh Hashannah please click HERE

Kol Nidre Appeal 5780 speech by Chuck Fax, please click HERE

Kol Nidre Appeal 5780 speech by Judy Hellerstein, please click HERE

Israel Bondsl 5780 speech by Eli Aronoff, please click HERE


Holiday services generally start the same time as Shabbat services, though check the calendar to be sure. Some highlights:

  • On Sukkot, our sanctuary is filled with waving lulavim and aromatic etrogim for the Hoshanot procession.
  • On Simchat Torah, everyone in the synagogue, including children, is called up for an aliyah under a huge canopy of tallitot.
  • On Purim, masks, hats, costumes and groggers abound at our noisy and joyous reading of the Megillah.
  • During the eight days of Pesach, a Torah service is held every morning.
  • We have both an adult and teen Tikkunei Leil Shavuot, where members lead and take part in a challenging all-night study session on the first night of Shavuot.
  • We recite Yizkor, the memorial service, on the last day of Pesach, on the second day of Shavuot, and on Sh'mini Atzeret in loving memory of our departed
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Ohr Kodesh Congregation

8300 Meadowbrook Lane
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Phone: (301) 589-3880
Fax:  (301) 495-4801

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